Waterbury Surgery Center

Preparing For & Recovering From Surgery

In preparation for your surgery:

  • Your surgeon will complete a medical history and physical examination, which will be conducted in their practice or by your primary care physician.
  • You will undergo any pre-operative tests required by your medical history and age.
  • Please complete our health questionnaire at least one week prior to your surgery.

The day before your surgery:

  • Please follow the specific instructions about fasting and other guidelines provided by your surgeon.
  • WSC will call you after 1 pm on the business day before your date of service to confirm your appointment time for surgery.
  • If you notice any recent change in your health, particularly fever or a cold, please notify your surgeon and WSC as soon as possible.
  • Arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home after your procedure. You will not be allowed to drive, walk or take public transportation following sedation or anesthesia. If you will be given general anesthesia, please arrange for a companion to be with you for at least 12 hours after the surgery.

The morning of your surgery:

  • Arrive early or on time.
  • Do not wear makeup or nail polish.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Leave jewelry and valuables at home.
  • Bring cases for eyeglasses, contacts and dentures.
  • Bring insurance ID cards, driver's license and your co-payment.
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home.

After your surgery:

  • Reactions and recovery times after surgery vary between patients. After your surgery you will be taken to our recovery room and carefully monitored by highly trained recovery room nurses.
  • You will have ample time to wake up and become reoriented.
  • Light nourishment will be available.
  • Family members may join you in the recovery room at your request.
  • When you are ready to be discharged, we will ensure that a friend or family member escorts you off our premises.
  • You will receive any required instructions for follow-up care.
  • Arrange to have someone at home with you for at least the first night after your surgery. Recovering from surgery takes time—it is important to give your body time to rest and recover from your surgery and to follow your surgeon's postoperative instructions.
  • Call your surgeon if you have any unusual symptoms or unexpected changes in your condition.
  • Do not take any medications other than those prescribed by your physician.
  • Avoid all alcoholic beverages.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery or heavy equipment for at least 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Avoid signing any legal documents for at least 24 hours after your surgery.